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August 31, 2007

Mapping is the New Scrapbooking


I'm intrigued with mapping. Yes, you heard me right: mapping. Especially the way certain digital mapping sites, like wayfaring, are customizing google maps to enhance and personalize the experience. Could the concept of digital mapping usurp the reign of analog scrapbooking? Is this the future cult we are all converting to as a new way of retrieving memories?

I like this, as personally I'm not that talented with an exacto knife, and always feel like a freak when I'm showing my collection of my own scrapbooks and other found ones to my friends. Digital mapping allows us to cultivate these fantasies of travel and fill them with pictures and stories, but in a cleaner, and not decaying interface. As I go through others maps, there's something warm and intriguing about looking through others journeys and why they have tagged them so.

If only the interface wasn't so cumbersome. In any event, while mapping may get bigger, I don't think they'll be getting Miss Teen South Carolina to be hawking any of their services soon.

At least, I hope not.

August 24, 2007

Don't Be A Sycophant - But Make A Tribute Video

Someone that loves this song even more than I do made their own video of this Long Blondes track I first heard but an hour ago. I was driving though Venice, heart pounding after a workout when I heard the whisper, "People think I'm being perverse on purpose," and I began to laugh. And I fell in love. Hook, hook, hook.

"Fulwood Babylon" is absolutely catchy pop, and I love my ACP. This video for it is simple, and very self-reflexive and something done for absolutely no money. This always receives a big big big thumbs up.

For me, video has always been the democratic leveler of culture. This is the plot of evening culture when anyone can make their own video to their favorite song.

It is this simple inventiveness that i've been waiting for a long time.

People think I'm being perverse on purpose, people think I'm being perverse on purpose....

What a song - my favorite parts:

You were there to fill my time
It was dark (but you)
But you had nice eyes.
I wasn't too impressed
You hadn't told me anything
Anything amusing yet.

Don't be a sycophant and don't try to hold my hand
If you don't plan to be around five minutes later,
Don't be a sycophant and don't try to hold my hand
And don't just say the things that you think I want to hear.

It's hard enough getting someone to like you
And then you find out that they're nothing like you
And it's been a waste of time.

"Girls fantasise on school trips to galleries
Of men who don't meet their parents' expectations
Who want to introduce them to illicit Russ Meyer films,
And dance 'til dawn to old Kinks records.
These are the things you don't understand
Quarter to ten, you're wasting your time
If you want to know me, watch how I dance."

Nuff said...Russ Meyer, old Kinks records, these are my kind of folks.

August 21, 2007

Sign Me Up Dude - Lebowski Fest Comes to LA


As you may already know, I am a Big Lebowski kind of person. I live in Venice, California and I like to bowl. I hate to admit it, but I too don't mind sipping those white russians. In fact, I am core Lebowski demo, except for the fact that I'm a dudette.

I have been reading for years about Lebowski conventions, but just heard there's one coming to LA this October in celebration of, "I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski."

Tickets went on sale the other day here.

Come with me dude.

Check it remix style.

August 18, 2007

She's a Film Student, He Works in Cable TV

As Nicole Willis sings, "If this ain't love, don't know what is..."

Scrabble youtube circa late 80s.


August 17, 2007

Scrabulous The Films

Objetsmart loves nothing better than a game of scrabble on a steamy summer night. Except a cool little film about it...


August 14, 2007

William Gibson Reading in 2nd Life

Brilliant, and the beginning is set at Le Mondrian.

But strange, Tower Records is still open in the novel, even though it has been closed since before the novel was published.

Lovely Day - Old School Style

The only thing that would get me more excited than seeing Morris Day @ Sunset Junction would be to see Bill Withers.

And this amuses me....

Someone Great Gets the Disco Ball Treatment

Every once in a while, a song comes along that just means everything to you. For the past six months or so, that song to me has been LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great."

I don't always understand why some songs strike so hard. It's chemical in the ears. It's what keeps me delighted. It's what keeps me human. Music, the universal language I can understand even if I can't speak it.

August 09, 2007

I Heart Hybrid Genres - Dig That Espano-Disco

August 02, 2007

Exactly 1000 views


It's nice to see that there are exactly 1,000 people out there that have a similar sense of humour.